Lunch at LUMA

Fall 2012 lecture schedule TBD—stay tuned!

Individual Luncheon: $35 / Members: $30
Entire Series: $90 / Members: $80

RSVP to or 312.915.7608.

Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal.
Each program runs approximately 90 minutes.

FALL 2011

Creative Collaborations: Artists and Patrons

Join us for our fifth series of Lunch at LUMA! Few artists and craftspeople have ever been completely free to create without regard for the demands of patrons. In this series, speakers will examine three objects from the Martin D’Arcy Collection of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art with a view to the requirements of the patron, the art market, and governing conventions.

Thursday, October 13, 11:30 a.m.
A Nuptial Essential: Patronage and Purpose of Italian Renaissance Marriage Chests
Marilyn Dunn, PhD, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Loyola

Among the most important furnishings in an Italian Renaissance household, marriage chests (cassoni) decorated with narrative scenes were acquired in preparation for upcoming nuptials. Through an examination of the cassone in the D’Arcy and other related examples, Dr. Dunn explores the circumstances and motivations of their patronage and functions.

Thursday, November 3, 11:30 a.m.
Matthias Stomer in the Collection of Prince Branciforti
Denise Noell, LUMA

Following the renovation of his palazzo at Mazzarino in the 1640s and 1650s, the Sicilian Prince of Butera, Don Giuseppe Branciforti, acquired paintings from the Dutch Caravaggisto Matthias Stomer for the decoration of the Gallery of the Very Illustrious Prince. Researcher Denise Noell will discuss one of these works, Christ Among the Doctors, today part of the D’Arcy, the suite of five Stomer paintings in the Prince’s collection, and the taste of Sicilian aristocracy in the seventeenth century.

Thursday, December 1, 11:30 a.m.
Heaven and History: The Commemorative Duties of Pere Oller’s Mourner from the Tomb of the King of Aragon
Jonathan Canning, LUMA

Pere Oller’s shrouded mourner is both a testament to the sculptor’s skill in portraying deep emotion and King Fernando de Antequera of Aragon’s ambition to gain entry to heaven and be remembered by history. Martin D’Arcy Curator of Art Jonathan Canning will examine the artistic, political, dynastic, and religious strategies that culminated in the commission of the king’s tomb and the carving of this sorrowful figure. This lecture was rescheduled from September 15.